Buccaneer is another name for "pirate." When you're sailing the open sea, you might worry about a buccaneer who wants to rob your ship and possibly enslave your crew.

In the late 17th century, a buccaneer was a specific kind of pirate. Buccaneers generally stayed in the Caribbean Sea, while pirates roamed the Indian Ocean. Buccaneers were also more likely to attack coastal cities. Perhaps in those cities, they learned to smoke meat, which is the meaning of the French word boucanier and the Native American word bukan. Buccaneers were known for eating smoked meats.

Definitions of buccaneer
  1. noun
    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
    synonyms: pirate, sea robber, sea rover
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    Jean Laffite
    French pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812 and received an official pardon for his crimes (1780-1826)
    Sir Henry Morgan
    a Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
    Bartholomew Roberts
    a Welsh pirate credited with having taken more than 400 ships (1682-1722)
    Edward Thatch
    an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
    Khayr ad-Din
    Barbary pirate (died in 1546)
    Barbary pirate, corsair
    a pirate along the Barbary Coast
    sea king
    a Viking pirate chief
    type of:
    despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler
    someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
  2. verb
    live like a buccaneer
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    type of:
    lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
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